U.S. Senator Marco Rubio released the following video statement marking World AIDS Day on December 1:
"My name is Marco Rubio and it's my privilege to be a United States senator from the great state of Florida. I address you today on World AIDS Day, first, to just remember what AIDS has meant to my generation.
"You know, growing up, AIDS was a death sentence when I was a child. If someone got AIDS in the 1980s or even 90s, it meant you were going to die. Luckily, we're blessed that today that's not the case. Millions of people around the world are living with HIV-AIDS because of the advances of medical science, and quite frankly because of the generosity of the American people who today, because of the generosity of the American taxpayer, there are millions of people around the world receiving HIV medications.
"That not only allows them to survive, it's allowing them to prosper. Here at home, the battle is not finished. We've made great strides and great progress. In South Florida and across Florida, we have people that are living with HIV and are living very productive and long lives.
"But we've also seen infection rates climb among certain sectors of our population. Particularly troubling are infection rates in minority communities and among young women. We have to do something about it because the opportunity of the 21st century is not just to cure AIDS, which I think is real and we'll live to see, but also the opportunity to have an AIDS-free generation. That's the first in a long time, and hopefully, it'll happen soon.
"So I just want to thank all of you for the work you're doing. I want to thank the American people for their generosity. I want to thank the vision of President Bush and President Obama in funding PEPFAR, and in continuing to spread it across the world. I'm so proud of what America has done on AIDS. There's a lot more to do. We'll continue to work with you to make sure it happens.
"God bless all of you. And God always bless the United States. And may God allow us to see an AIDS-free generation in our lifetime. Thank you."